Kühne + Heitz:
about us

Our roots

Kühne + Heitz is an established name in the international food trading industry. We have been in this industry for almost 50 years now: our roots go back to 1974. In those years we have built a great international company with purchase and sales channels all over the world.

Back in time

Our story starts back in 1974 in Rotterdam, where the founders of Kühne + Heitz started a trading organization in frozen chicken and turkey. Around mid-1987, Kühne + Heitz goes public.

It is 2006 when Berend Veldhoen, Teus Meerding and Jan van den Broek decide to take over the company through a management buy-out. Although the Rotterdam no-nonsense mentality remains, Kühne + Heitz settles just below the river, in Dordrecht.

The three are still involved and active within the organization, but we are now led by Nico Visser and Jaap Koelewijn. They are also both passionate and determined entrepreneurs with a heart for the food trading industry.

Our belief: Stability & Continuity

Although we at Kühne + Heitz adhere to the principle of “seize the day”, we are always concerned with tomorrow as well. Or should we say tomorrow’s deal? We work with a broad international network and a wide variety in products and markets to keep our business operations stable and healthy. In other words, we put all our eggs in different baskets. We seek continuity in relationships with customers too. We prefer long-term partnerships over the ‘one day fly’ deals.

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Our approach

Kühne + Heitz distinguishes itself with its unique personal approach and sincere dedication. We are all really passionate about this profession. And there is no shortage of local know-how. Our customers feel that too! They look at us as a knowledgeable, reliable, and involved partner. A reputation we are certainly proud of!

Our company = Our people

Last, but definitely not least, our people come first. We find it important that everyone has the possibility to develop themselves as a person and to develop their abilities and skills. In order to learn from each other we all work here – from management to traders – at one long desk. Our motto? A day not traded is a day wasted. To create this environment, we do everything we can to ensure that you feel comfortable and at home here. You can really be yourself with us.


  • Specialized in: high quality frozen food, always at the best price
  • Product groups:poultry, pork, beef, fish, French fries, vegetables and dairy
  • Production areas: Europe, North and South America & Far East
  • Sales area: 96 countries inside Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, and the Caribbean
  • Customers: food distributors, wholesalers, importers, and manufacturers

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